India news June 18, 2011

Eden Gardens to host three internationals in 2011-12

ESPNcricinfo staff

The BCCI has awarded Kolkata three matches during India's home series against England and West Indies between October and December 2011. Eden Gardens will host a Twenty20 and an ODI against England as well as a Test against West Indies, the board announced after a meeting of its tour, programme and fixtures committee in Mumbai.

The news is a boost for the Cricket Association of Bengal, which was stripped of the marquee India-England fixture during the 2011 World Cup because Eden Gardens was not ready by the stipulated deadline. Kolkata eventually hosted three other World Cup games - Ireland v Holland, South Africa v Ireland and Zimbabwe v Kenya.

England are touring India to play five ODIs and one Twenty20 between October 14 and 29. The other four one-dayers will be played in Mumbai, Mohali, Hyderabad and Delhi. The team will arrive in India on October 4, and play two warm-up matches in Hyderabad prior to the ODI series.

Mumbai and Delhi are the venues for the remaining two Tests against West Indies.

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  • Prathyush on June 21, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I don't know which cricket tournament you're talking about. India is right now on tour to WI and after that India will be touring England this year. So which series are you talking about???? Please make it clear. I've checked the fixture of India, and I use to check fixtures of all the countries and news but neither did I see any tour to India in the fixture nor did I heard of.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    In hyderabad test matches too get response but the venue is not selected by the BCCI as the premier venue for the test . After 14 years hyderabad got the chance to host the test match between India and Newzealand.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Does anyone have the dates for the games? I would like to book my flights! India v England is always a great game....

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Any idea on exact dates for each game? I would like to book my flight. Can't wait to see England in India again....

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Totally Agreed. We should preserve the Australian format for Test Cricket. Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi. Give Test Cricket to venues that care! Please..

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Test Cricket should be played at premier venues like they do in England.. So it should be in Kolkata, Mumbai, B'lore, Chennai , Delhi .. I remember one of ma frens went to see Ganguly's last test in Nagpur.. there was hardly ne one even stood up to applaud ganguly aftr he played his last innings.. Even for the Nagpur test against South Africa, the turnout was pathetic...Give matches to venues like Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, b'lore which understand TEST CRICKET.. Some1 did say that Mumbai pitch is poor n the crowds wont come.. I would jus like to tell that in Mumbai, the NZ - Can match had best turnout in a minnows game ( 11.5k, plus a day game ) and NZ- SL in a non india match (23.5K) was the biggest turnout in India in a Non India game in world cup matches ! Speaks a lot about the number of people who respect International Cricket and turn up for the same :)

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Happy that my Mumbai is finally back to hosting international cricket after a real long wait! :D You may argue all that you can, but the fact remains that Mumbai is and always be the Mecca of Indian Cricket!

  • Manmath on June 19, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    It is time to spread Test cricket to NEW CENTRES instead of keeping it on same venues. Cities like Jamshedpur, Rajkot, Guwahati, Pune, Rajkot, Vadodara etc which see MASSIVE CROWDS FOR ONE DAY CRICKET MUST BE IMMEDIATELY USED AS TEST CENTRES. That is because, people there get a chance to watch a game once in 3 years or so, so there is great enthusiasm. There should be CHEAP TICKETS, no forcing people to buy for all 5 days or none (as is the case in Nagpur), BUSES ARRANGED TO THE STADIUM if it is too far away, as in Nagpur. Let us try,let us give these new centres a chance. This doesnt mean that established grounds like Kolkata and Chennai should not be used. They too should be used, but its essential to spread Test cricket to cricket-starved hungry cities.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    It's grt nwzz for kolkatans..... during the ipl where most of the stadium of india had a very poor crowd,kolkata had an avg. of 60,000 attendance,quite awesome... they were denied the wc game of india unfairly and made to host 3 ridiculous matches...... it's an endeavor by board to give eden a fair chance as eden hosted some of india's greatest matches of all time.... :)

  • Man on June 18, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Ridiculously ridiculous..... Why is Mohali getting a game, even though the crowd is poor... Then, why is Kolkata getting three games in a season even though there are umpteen number of grounds in India... And then why is Mumbai and Delhi getting a one day and a test.... Some people (which I am not mentioning) are playing a great influencing role here...

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